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Irish New Year's Toast 

When: Sun., Dec. 31, 4-8 p.m. 2017
Price: free admission
As you age, celebrating New Year's Eve begins to feel like more of a hassle than it's worth. It starts late, you have to eat a heap of food to prepare your alcohol reception base, everybody's shouting, etcetera. Nothing but headache. For the urbane celebrant, the Pat Connolly Tavern (6400 Oakland Avenue; offers an Irish New Year's Toast. The hook is that, rather than celebrating at midnight CST, the tavern centers its festivities around midnight in Ireland, which is 6 p.m. our time. Free Guinness stout samples are available for the traditional "midnight" toast, and there will be live music all night. The Irish New Year's Toast takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 31, and there's no cover. You may notice that the time would also work for the young person who believes in pre-gaming before the big event — no judgments.
— Paul Friswold


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